9 Things I Learned About Concert Photography

9 Things I learned about concert photography --Blooming Prejippie Zine

Maize Collective

Industry Insight: Concert Photography

March 28, 2018

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

UMMA Auditorium

Concert Photography Panel --Blooming Prejippie Zine

Maize Collective is “an open and inclusive community of music lovers, artists, producers and creatives,” according to their website. I can attest to that fact. I graduated with my second masters from there back in the dinosaur days and was able to attend these sessions without any hassle.

Here is a quick list of the things that resonated with me:


Advice for photographing for clients: Ask them what their budget is before you give a price. If they say they have no budget, decide for yourself if them giving you credit is enough. If not, walk away before you go any further with them.


When seeking a chance to photograph a brand name band, Ohryn suggests that you attend the Meet and Greet prior to the show. She says that often, you can meet the band themselves and they may give you permission (and a press pass) to photograph the concert.

Doug Coombe's Jack White photo --Blooming Prejippie Zine

Doug Coombe's Jack White photo


Another suggestion for ways to “become” a paid concert photographer is to put together a mini-portfolio borne out of photographing a band’s concert for free. Having an amazing set of photographs—that even band members will rave about and share—can’t hurt your chances of snagging more gigs.

15 Tips for Better Band Photos  --Blooming Prejippie Zine

You’ve heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, band photos REALLY are, since they determine if someone is going to say “Hell, yeah!” or “Hell, no!” to listening to your kick-ass music. Don’t forget to take heed to these important tips, in order to “get it right.” Check out this checklist of 15 valuable tips. http://www.bloomingprejippie.com/betterbandphotos


Yet another suggestion to get started is to photograph local, up and coming bands to develop a rapport with the bands, the venues, and that photographing friends in bands is the gift that keeps on giving; you can enjoy their music, they get free photographs, you build your portfolio, and they rave about (and share) your work.


The consensus of the group seemed to be that it benefits the photographer to do as much research as possible—songs, set list, previous shows, dance moves, solos, etc.—so that you may be able to plan shots (based on what they have done previously). Ohryn had a delightful story about her experience getting this supercool shot below at the Wiz Khalifa concert. She knew that he does this spitting the water out move during every concert and was poised to catch it.

Taylor Ohryn's Wiz Khalifa photo  --Blooming Prejippie Zine